Depression/Anxiety and Substance Abuse the Illness and addiction people experience these days.
Depression/Anxiety and Substance Abuse
the Illness and addiction people experience these days.
Today i had the opportunity to attend a
work shop involving Depression/Anxiety and Substance Abuse Hosted by
SADAG which means The South African Depression and Anxiety Group.
A little group of 15 people gathered
inside the Noluthando hall to attend the work shop. The talk started
off by telling us more about SADAG involves and how SADAG can assist
when help is needed for the community all contact numbers and Sms
free of charge.
The first talk given was by Thandiswa
talking about Depression and how depression effects society and how
ill Depression could make a person when effected by this Illness.
SADAG does a lot of workshops especially at schools cause they found
most suicides comes from Depression,usually between the ages of 12-18
DEPRESSION can be cured she said all
we need to do is to rise awareness,depression involves your body,your
moods and your thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep the way
you think about things in the world. Depression is not the same as
ordinary everyday blues or sadness that we feel sometimes,it is not a
sign of weakness and it cannot be wished away. People with depression
cannot just pull themselves together and get better.
Thandiswa told us then that there are
two Illness Systems of DEPRESSION -Moodiness and Tiredness. Moodiness
that means that they are overly excited or manic feelings and
behavior which could also be called Bipolar Disorder. Sometimes the
mood changes happen fast,but most often they happen slowly over a few
days or weeks. Another sign of Depression is Tiredness meaning
feeling tired the whole and just bot in the mood to do anything. Some
people may even have Insomnia which means they font sleep for Days.
She then went on discussing and asking
us what are the systems of depression?A few answers from the
attendees were:Sadness-most of the time feeling over anxious.
sleep which leads to insomnia
weight by not eating or weight gain by over eating.
energy then usual tired all the time
of death or suicide:suicide attempts
Physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment such as
headaches,stomach pain,back pain and so more.
Feeling what have I done to deserve this?
Thandiswa also informed us that
Depression is treatable,assist were you can because knowledge is
power empower yourself to learn more about depression. To treat
depression,talk to people cause depression takes you away from people
get professional help, get help from support systems like your
church. Self help can help you cope better and last for a long time.
A few tips were given to us on how to help yourself:Understand what
depression is the more you know the better you will cope.
Do things to keep yourself busy your mind.
Avoid substances like smoking,drugs and alcohol.
These are only a few to mention about
self help when it comes to depression. Depression is one of the most
treatable mental illness and 8 out of 10 people get totally better.
The next talk we listen to was about
Substance abuse presented by Mpumi it was a very good talk she told
us all about substance abuse How it changes the way you feel and how
it can change your life forever,because the more you use of it the
more of a desire you have and cant stop yourself. The biggest abuse
of substances these days are the usage of cigarettes and
alcohol,because you end up using more then you suppose to.
Mpumi told us the serious effects of
substance abuse to mentioned a few:Moodiness,sniffing non
stop,smells. Selling your personal stuff to have monies to buy
substances is another bad effect. Prostitution to have monies to
satisfy your needs and many more bad effects that can effect your
life and the outcome of it.
The only way to fight a bad habit is to
have support,support from your church,family and also people
surrounding you in your everyday life.
I found these talk very interesting and
Im looking forward to spreading the word.
October 3rd 2012 08:08